Hosta 'Princess of Karafuto'

This cultivar was registered by Marjory Soules of Indiana in 1995. The leaves are deep green with a cream yellow to white marginal variegation an have heavy substance. It bears white flowers with pale violet stripes that bloom in August.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...same as 'Hime Karafuto'...registered as a translation of 'Hime Karafuto', a Japanese name...'Princess of Karafuto' has been generally accepted."

"Plant's name is in dispute. The Japanese name Hime used as an adverb means "small, dwarf"; thus Hime Karafuto (Gibōshi) means "the small hosta from (or in) Karafuto," which is the correct translation. As a noun, Hime means "princess," as in Karafuto No Hime Gibōshi or Karafuto Hime Gibōshi which translates to "Princess of Karafuto." This cultivar is virtually identical to H. 'Ginko Craig'."

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1991 Vol. 22 No. 1) states that, "The name on the label was 'Bunchoku', but according to W. George Schmid it should be 'Bunchoko'. This hosta looks like 'Ginko Craig'...H. 'Bunchoko' has dark purple blooms much darker and more handsome than 'Ginko Craig'...I confirmed this difference with our still blooming 'Ginko Craig' and also 'Princess of Karafuto' which is a 'Ginko Craig' look-alike."


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